The Best Places to See Dinosaurs in Nottingham and Beyond

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

(Image: Rachel Gorman)

Hatching dinosaur eggs, a smoking 8ft volcano and a crash-landed plane are just some of the obstacles players can negotiate at the £500,000 Jurassic-themed adventure golf course.

Lost World Adventure Golf, in Riverside Family Golf Centre, Lenton Lane, takes inspiration from famous courses from around the world, including St Andrew's 18th hole (complete with mini Swilken Bridge, where you can grab a commemorative snap).

The 2,500 square metre site is littered with Lost World-themed obstacles ideal for anyone who has dino obsessed kids or indeed grew up themselves on a diet of Richard Attenborough, Sam Neil, Jeff Goldblum and some ground-breaking special effects... for the early '90s at least.

Adults tickets are £8 a pop and there are also £21 family tickets which admits two kids and two adults.

Land of the Living Dinosaurs at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley

The UK's largest animatronic Dinosaur attraction at West Midland Safari Park

In March 2015, the safari park opened a new Land of the Living Dinosaurs attraction - the UK's largest collection of animatronic dinosaurs.

You can see prehistoric creatures from many different eras - not just the Jurassic - in the form of life-sized models brought to life with movement and sound effects.

Admission prices vary - if you are visiting on a fixed date and book online in advance at, it costs £15.99 for an adult, £11.99 for a child aged three to 15 and free for children under free. Groups of six of more paying members can get in at a reduced price.

Dinosaur Trail at Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth

Dino Trail at Drayton Manor

Among the attractions at Drayton Manor is a Dino Trail, which includes a whole host of life-sized prehistoric creatures great and small such as a Stegosaurus, Iguanodon and two dome-headed Pachycephalosaurus charging at each other for a head-butting battle.

Some are grazing peacefully, others are wading in water, and there are prowling predators lurking and looking for their next meal.

Tickets between £7 and £24.

Charnwood Museum, Loughborough

Permanent exhibitions at the museum include The Natural World of Charnwood - and there you can discover how a schoolboy made Charnwood famous when he found one of the world's oldest fossils. Watch out for the Barrow Kipper, a Jurassic marine reptile that scientists know as Rhomaleosaurus megacephalus.

Admission to the museum is free.

Lapworth Museum of Geology, Birmingham

A model at the The University of Birmingham’s Lapworth Museum of Geology

The museum reopened in June 2016 following a £2.7m investment including cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

On arrival families will be greeted by an Allosaurus called Roary, who died young but still looks pretty ferocious.

On the ground floor are displays of fossils - most of them were found in the Midlands and offer an incredible insight into the region's landscape, flora and fauna in pre-historic times.

Visitors can also check out the creepy Coseley Spider, Dudley Bug trilobites, a sabre-tooth tiger with fearsome fangs, giant ammonites,Velociraptors and many other creatures.

Entry is free of charge and it is open Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm.

New Walk Museum, New Walk, Leicester

The New Walk Museum

Galleries include Ancient Egypt, Dinosaurs, Wild Space, The Den gallery for the under 5s, the Victorian art gallery, Arts & Crafts gallery and a modern and contemporary art gallery.

Kids can learn all about Rutland, the on-site dinosaur, with fun and creative activity sheets.

Entry is free and it is open Monday-Friday, 11am-4.30pm, Saturday and Sunday, noon-5pm.

Jurassic Kingdom

The touring pre-historic zoo has 35 life-size animatronic dinosaurs hidden amongst the trees, foliage and orangerie behind Nottingham's own Wayne Manor and when approached the beasts start swinging tails, clawing the air, blinking, breathing and roaring.

Jurassic Kingdom is at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park until November 4.

Tickets cost between £10.83 and £14.61 (including booking fee).